It seems as though the incredibly smart, wonderfully tasteful and gently subtle geniuses from the South Africa Sucks blog (now known as zahell.something.or.another) have discovered publicity.
That means that the rest of us have to deal with their racist slurs, genius non-innuendos and flat our bigoted racism while we read quality content. I wont stand for it. I will, and am, doing all that I can to shut down every new domain/blog/website that these people may use. I have been reporting this group of people for a long time and my efforts have occasionally worked. This is why the “website” has had to move numerous times and rename itself. All the while maintaining the same theme, contributors and wonderful approach to plagiarism (they rip off content from every and any source they can and claim it as their own).
But I desperately digress to a topic that riles me and inflames my tongue and fingers as I type.
The point of this post is to tell you about Blogger.com’s interesting approach to me reporting zahell as defamatory and libellous content as well as offensive and hate speech.
After I clicked the “Flag This” button in the header bar of blogger blogs I received this email from the team at Google.
Thank you for your message. Please note that Blogger is a provider of
content creation tools, not a mediator of that content. We allow our users
to create blogs, but we don’t make any claims about the content of these
pages. We strongly believe in freedom of expression, even if a blog
contains unappealing or distasteful content or presents unpopular
viewpoints. We realize this may be frustrating and we regret any
inconvenience this may cause you. Given these facts, and pursuant with
section 230(c) of the Communications Decency Act, Blogger does not remove
allegedly defamatory, libelous, or slanderous material from Blogger.com or
BlogSpot.com. In cases where contact information for the author is listed
on the page, we recommend you working directly with this person to have
the content in question removed or changed.
In cases where the author is anonymous, please note that in accordance
with US state and federal law, it is Blogger’s policy to only provide a
user’s contact information pursuant to a valid third party subpoena or
other appropriate legal process.
The Blogger Team
What a load of rubbish is that? OK wait, don’t answer that because I know the story. They have to cover themselves, they can’t moderate each and every blog, they can’t be held responsible for the content on their platform, they don’t publish these blogs they simply host the software that the people use to publish their own content. Yet all of these are just too simple for me.
Google is a multi-billion dollar corporation and there is no excuse for a message like the above. If you don’t want to take charge of your platform don’t give me the option to report questionable content if you don’t actually intend on acting on my complaint. Rather let me find other means. I am sorely disappointed in their approach and will be looking for other ways to permanently remove the zahell drivel.
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